Ebola Outbreak in Uganda (As of 02 August 2012)

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As of 2 August 2012, 53 suspected and confirmed cases, including 16 deaths have been reported in Kibaale district, Uganda. A total of 312 people who came into contact with cases are being followed up. To date, there are no confirmed Ebola cases outside Kibaale district.

The Ministry of Health, Uganda has activated the National Task Force (NTF) that is meeting daily to review progress and also provide daily media briefs. The Kibaale district Ebola Task Force is meeting and has mobilised additional funds and supplies from the district and local NGOs. The neighboring districts are on high alert. The government of Uganda has established a Ministerial Ebola Task Force to oversee the activities of the NTF and spearhead resource mobilization. The National coordinator for the Ebola response has arrived in Kibaale to take over the coordination role.

A team of experts from MoH, WHO, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Red Cross is in Kibaale to support the response operations. The necessary supplies and logistics required for supportive management of patients are being mobilized.

Kibaale hospital has established an isolation ward for suspected, probable and confirmed cases. Currently, there are 32 cases admitted on the isolation ward. However, due to the increasing number of patients, a second isolation ward and a convalescent ward for admitted cases that have tested negative to Ebola  have been opened at Kagadi hospital. The new isolation center constructed by MSF will begin operations on 4 August 2012.  Additional staff from other districts with experience of managing previous Ebola outbreaks have been deployed to support and manage the isolation centre.

WHO is supporting the Ministry of Health’s response to the outbreak. To date, WHO has deployed epidemiologists and logisticians; and provided essential equipment for personal protection and safe disposal of the deceased WHO does not recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied to Uganda.

 

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Related links:

Frequently Asked Questions on Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever

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CDC - Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever Information Packet [pdf: 215kb]

Interim Infection Control Recommendations for Care of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Filovirus (Ebola, Marburg) Haemorrhagic Fever [pdf:282kb]